Buffalo Wild Wings has announced the appointment of Alexander "Alex" H. Ware as executive vice president and chief financial officer. In his new role, Ware will lead the company's financial planning and analysis, accounting, tax, treasury, and investor relations departments.
As CFO of PepsiAmericas from 2005 until its acquisition by PepsiCo in 2010, Ware oversaw strategic planning and analysis, performance management, corporate development/mergers and acquisitions, investor relations, tax and treasury, accounting and control, and internal audit. After his work at PepsiAmericas, Ware served as executive VP of strategic development at Pohlad Companies. Ware joins Buffalo Wild Wings from his current position as executive chairman of MStar Holding Corp. In conjunction with his position at Buffalo Wild Wings, Ware will transition to an MStar Holding Corp. board director.
"We're excited to welcome a leader of Alex's caliber to Buffalo Wild Wings and believe that he will contribute significantly to our growth plans," said Sally Smith, president and chief executive officer. "Alex has an extensive background as a large, public company CFO in the food and beverage industry, complemented by his experience in growth management, M&A strategy, and strategic planning. His experience is an ideal fit to join the executive leadership team as we prioritize our capital allocation strategies, execute ongoing cost efficiency plans, and implement our strategic initiatives. This is a pivotal time in Buffalo Wild Wings' history, and Alex will play an important role in supporting our goal of creating value for all of our shareholders."
Ware said, "I am honored to join Buffalo Wild Wings and to leverage my diverse leadership experiences and deep financial knowledge to help the company deliver long-term, profitable growth. I look forward to working with the talented Buffalo Wild Wings team to implement financial strategies that enhance shareholder value and ensure continued success for this iconic brand."
Ware began his Pepsi career in 1994 and held several progressive roles with the company. Prior to that, Ware was a management consultant with Booz, Allen and Hamilton. Ware began his career in banking with Manufacturers Hanover Trust (now JP Morgan Chase). He holds an MBA from the Darden School of Business at University of Virginia and a BA in Economics from Hampden-Sydney College. Ware serves on the Board of Directors of MStar Holding Corp., Barfresh Food Group and is a member of the Advisory Council of Stone Arch Capital, LLC.